KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [BRACKET] The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 32 qualifiers for the 29th annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Athletic Care. The event takes place at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 11-17.
This year’s field consists of 24 automatic berths, seven at-large spots and one host berth. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released today. To access the poll, click HERE.
The NAIA Network (www.NAIANetwork.com) – the association’s official video streaming home – will broadcast the first 30 games leading up to the championship final on ESPN3. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users to access video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single-day passes can be purchased for $9.95, while an all-tournament package is available at $34.95.
- College of Idaho heads to the Sioux Falls as the No. 1 seed with a record of 30-3. The Yotes extended their school-record win streak to 24 games. College of Idaho won the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament clinching their third-straight 30-win season.
- Defending national champion Spring Arbor (Mich.) enters the tournament as a No. 19 overall seed earning an at-large bid.
- Twenty one of the qualifying teams return to the Sioux Falls for a second year in a row qualifying for the 2019 National Championship last year.
- Nine teams have made at least 10 appearances at the national championship. College of the Ozarks (Mo.) leads the group with 23rd appearances their first trip being in 1995.
- Crossroads League is home to five national qualifying teams this year including: Grace (Ind.), Indiana Wesleyan, Marian (Ind.), Saint Francis (Ind.) and Spring Arbor (Mich.).
- Ten qualifying institutions have won an NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball national championship. Three programs have won multiple titles Indiana Wesleyan and Oregon Tech leading that list each with three apiece.
Following a thrilling 74-68 victory over Ottawa University in the KCAC Conference Tournament Championship at the Hartman Arena in Park City, KS, the Eagles are going dancing again in the round of 32. They will be the 4-seed in the Liston bracket as they will take on the 5-seed Spring Arbor, who is the defending National Champion. This game will be on Wednesday, March 11th at 12 PM.
|School||2019-20 Record||Qualfication||Record Appearances||Last Time||Tournament Record||Titles|
|Anteleope Valley (Calif.)||27-4||Californina Pacific Conference Tournment Champion||4||2019||0-2||0|
|College of Idaho||30-3||Cascade Collegiate Conference Regular Season Champion||15||2019||19-13||1|
|College of the Ozarks (Mo.)||20-12||Independent Tournament Runner-Up||23||2019||28-21||1|
|Concordia (Neb.)||24-9||Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||0||2005||11-8||0|
|Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.)||14-19||Independent Tournament Third Place||1||0||0||0|
|Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||30-3||At-Large||12||2019||9-11||0|
|Holy Cross (Ind.)||26-6||Chicagoland Collegiate Conference Regular Season Runer-Up||1||0||0||0|
|Indiana East||23-10||River States Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||8||2019||10-7||0|
|Indiana South bend||25-6||Chicagoland Collegiate Conference Tournament Champion||1||0||0||0|
|Indiana Tech||21-11||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion||10||2019||4-9||0|
|Indiana Wesleyan||29-4||Crossroads League Regular Season Champion||13||2019||32-9||3|
|Keiser (Fla.)||22-7||Sun Conference Regular Season Runner-Up||11||2018||12-10||0|
|Lincoln (Ill.)||19-13||Independent Tournament Champion||1||0||0||0|
|Madonna (Mich.)||25-8||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||3||2019||0-2||0|
|Marian (Ind.)||24-7||Crossroads Regular Season Runner-Up||7||2019||9-5||0|
|Mayville (N.D.)||24-5||North Star Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||9||2019||8-8||0|
|Montreat (N.C.)||24-8||Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season Runner-Up||4||2019||1-3||0|
|Morningside (Iowa)||26-3||Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion||8||2019||9-7||0|
|Northwestern (Iowa)||20-11||Host Berth||19||2018||31-16||2|
|Oklahoma Wesleyan||25-8||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champion||8||2019||13-6||1|
|Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||30-3||Chicagoland Collegiate Conference Regular Season Champion||4||2019||0-3||0|
|Ottawa (Kan.)||27-6||Kansas City Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion||6||2009||2-5||0|
|Saint Francis (Ind.)||20-11||At-Large||11||2018||24-9||1|
|Southeastern (Fla.)||23-8||Sun Conference Regular Season Champion||4||2019||3-3||0|
|Southern Oregon||23-7||Cascade Collegiate Conference Regular Season Runner-Up||7||2016||6-6||0|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||20-12||At-Large||4||2019||8-2||1|
|Union (Ky.)||24-9||Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion||8||2019||6-6||1|
|Washington Adventist (Md.)||23-8||At-Large||5||2019||0-4||0|
|WVU Tech (W.Va.)||23-8||River States Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion||4||2019||1-3||0|